I have been a Republican opposed to George W. Bush from almost the instant he became a national figure. I was not impressed with his tenure as Texas Governor, his academic credentials, or his promises as candidate Bush in campaign 2000. In short, I did not trust him. For those reasons, I voted Libertarian in the 2000 and 2004 Presidential elections, while often voting Republican for other offices.
At Creative Loafing, Wayne Garcia blogs about how GOP operative Roger Stone, who says he has libertarian leanings, regrets helping George W. Bush win Florida in 2000.
Of course, Stone is not the first to abandon Bush, just the latest. Former Treasury Secretary Paul O’Neill and former Press Secretary Scott McClellan also have distanced themselves from the President.
According to Stone, “I think across the board he’s led the party to its current position, which means losing both houses of congress and now the White House. How can you be conservative and justify wiretapping people without a warrant?” asked Stone.
“We’re supposed to be the party of personal freedom and civil liberties. Big brother listening in on your phone calls—I got a problem with that.”
Roger Stone, did you really ever believe George W. Bush had solid philosophical grounding?
GOP political operative Roger Stone has regrets.